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Volume 5, nº 1 - December 2014 / January2015

 

 
   2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
 


The Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas BRICS /BRICS Policy Center (BPC), the result of a partnership between the Institute of International Relations (IRI) at PUC-Rio and the City of Rio de Janeiro, was chosen for the fourth consecutive year as one of the best Think Tanks in the world. The classification appears in the report “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report”, 2015 - an initiative of the University of Pennsylvania (USA). In this report, referring to the year 2014, BPC appears in 9 categories, one more than last year. In 2014, BPC reached the 8th place in "Best University Affiliated Think Tanks" (in 2013 had reached 9th place) and in 1st place in the category “Think Tank to Watch”, for the second consecutive time.. Read More


 GSUM Fellowship Program

The Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) is now accepting applications for 03 open positions as Visiting Fellows, from July 06th to September 06th 2015, to research, teach and debate on topics related to conflict resolution and mediation processes. Fellows will stay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the time of the fellowship and will be provided with a stipend and a working space at the BRICS Policy Center (BPC).

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  Academic Publications 


THE 22ND ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION SUMMIT

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was held on 10-12 November 2014, bringing together 21 leaders from its member-states to Beijing, China. APEC represents 40% of the world’s population, 54% of its economic output and 44% of international trade. 2014’s APEC Summit had important ramifications on many fronts, including bilateral and multilateral negotiations. The FTAAP provides a window of opportunity to reignite WTO negotiations and consolidate Asia-Pacific as the world’s economic locomotive. Environment agreements between the United States and China significantly impact multilateral negotiations on this issue area.

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THE BRICS DEVELOPMENT BANK: A NEW TOOL FOR SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION?

The Sixth BRICS Summit, held in July 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil, resulted in agreements to establish a New Development Bank (NDB) as well as a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). This Policy Brief discusses the impact of the NDB on the existing architecture of de-velopment finance, focusing on the bank’s potential contribution to the BRICS’ South-South cooperation. The first section outlines the BRICS countries’ rational for establishing the NDB. In the following section potential development paradigms that are likely to be adopted by the NDB are addressed. Since no decision has been taken on the bank’s future governance, this section will be based on the experiences from the BRICS’ national development banks.

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CHINESE COOPERATION IN MOZAMBIQUE AND ANGOLA: A FOCUS ON AGRICULTURE AND HEALTH

The article “Chinese Cooperation in Mozambique and Angola: A Focus on Agriculture and Health” seeks to think over China’s agency on South-South Cooperation for development and the shifts that this model represents to the traditional “North-South” cooperation. The focus on agriculture and health seeks to highlight the diversity of China-Africa cooperation and the sustainability on its projects.  

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"DIRETRIZES DAS NAÇÕES UNIDAS PARA UMA MEDIAÇÃO EFICAZ"

The Portuguese translation of UN's 2012 publication Guidance for Effective Mediation is now available at its website. It draws on the experience of professionals from the field to stimulate and establish basic principles for mediation processes. The translation and distribution of the content in Portuguese were a project of the Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) alongside the BRICS Policy Center (BPC).

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THIS WEEK IN BRICS

This week in The BRICS is a weekly publication that brings together a set of news about events and important developments that took place within each BRICS country in the course of the week, providing references for deepening the reader in the various topics mentioned. Click the links below to access documents in PDF format. (Available in Portuguese only).

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BRAZIL AND SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION: HOW TO RESPOND TO CURRENT CHALLENGES -  "2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report"

This Policy Brief aims to present the main features and data on international development cooperation promoted by Brazil, highlighting some of its challenges. To this end, we provide a brief history of South-South development cooperation more generally, and of Brazil’s role in its context. We also discuss some of the main implementing agencies which work in partnership with the Agência Brasileira de Cooperação (ABC, the Brazilian agency for development cooperation). After highlighting some limits and challenges of Brazilian operations in this area, we elaborate some specific recommendations that could guide future reforms in this area.

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 New Partnerships


BRICS POLICY CENTER CELEBRATES A PARTNERSHIP WITH OXFAM BRAZIL, THROUGH A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH PUC-RIO

The cooperation agreement with Oxfam Brazil, signed in January 23rd, 2015, foresees the collaboration between professors and researchers; promotion of scientific events, conferences and seminars; and other academic and research activities. 

This agreement strengthens the existing partnership of three years between BRICS-Urbe and Oxfam Brazil which resulted in three research projects about social inequality in the BRICS countries. To access the documents produced within this partnership, click here. Read More


NEW AGREEMENT BETWEEN GSUM AND BILKENT UNIVERSITY PROVIDES EXCHANGE BETWEEN THEIR STUDENTS  

The Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM), the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), through the International Cooperation Office Responsibilities (CCCI), celebrate another cultural, educational and scientific cooperation agreement. This is the second cooperation agreement signed by the Unit only in December. 
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 Others activities and participations of BPC


GSUM PROMOTES WORKSHOP ON MALI MEDIATION WITH PRESENCE OF UN SPECIALIST

On January 15th, 2015, the Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM), partnering with the Igarapé Institute, promoted the workshop "Mediating Conflict in Mali and the Sahel", which counted with the presence of UN mediator Arthur Boutellis. The debate encompassed the circumstances that originated the conflict in northern Mali — a country traditionally considered a model of stability in the African northwest —, as well as a brief analysis of actors and processes involved in the conflict and the peace negotiations.
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THE SSC-PROJECT PARTICIPATE IN THE SEMINAR “BRAZILIAN COOPERATION IN FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE: RELATIONS BETWEEN BRAZIL AND AFRICA” IN CERESAN/UFRRJ

On December 1 and 2, 2014, researchers Geovana Zoccal and Manaíra Assunção, from the SSC-Project and International Cooperation for Development research group, represented the BRICS Policy Center in several events under the project, “Strengthening Brazil’s role in international spaces for a global agenda for the human right to food and for hunger eradication”. Professor Renato Maluf, from the Reference Center in Food and Nutrition Security at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (CERESAN/CPDA/UFRRJ), coordinated the project with support from Oxfam BrazilRead More


BRICS POLICY CENTER RECEIVES COUNSELOR FROM THE CHINESE EMBASSY IN BRAZIL

On January 27, 2015, the BPC supervisor, Dr. Paulo Esteves, met with Mr. Qu Yuhui, Political Counselor from the Chinese Embassy in Brazil. During the meeting, they addressed issues regarding the relations between China and Brazil; the Brazil’s president (Dilma Rousseff) new policies; the integration of the Latin American region and its economic forecast; and the future of BRICS. 


BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION VISITS BPC

On December 4, 2014, the BRICS Policy Center, through the International Cooperation for Development research group and the SSC-Project, received Neil Watkins (Senior Officer of the Agriculture and Nutrition Program at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Flavia Michaud (Global Health Strategies).  Read More

BRICS POLICY CENTER RECEIVES ANALYST FROM THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT

On December 18, 2014, Paulo Wrobel, BPC researcher, received Mrs. Alessandra de Lima Neves, analyst from the America Division of the Privy Council Office of the Canadian Government. Mrs. Neves is responsible for matters related to South America and is now touring the region in order grasp how are the perspectives for 2015 for this countries. 

FRENCH AMBASSADOR VISITS BPC

On December 10, 2014, Paulo Wrobel, BRICS Policy Center researcher, welcomed the newly arrived French Ambassador, Michel Duclos at BPC.  This was Ambassador Duclos’ first meeting in Brazil during his trip.  

 

 New PhD Fellow 


BPC welcomes the new visiting researcher, Ms. Megan Pickup, from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. The Phd fellow arrived at the center in January and will remain for a period of three months. During her stay, Ms. Megan will be researching on the theme Brazilian South-South Cooperation in Mozambique and Haiti, with focus on political economy, development and foreign aid.


    Clippings
 


NELSON MANDELA AMNISTY AND PRISION 
25 years of Nelson Mandela Amnisty, na África do Sul. Read More

INTERVIEW WITH PROF. PAULO WROBEL TO THE PEOPLE'S DAILY  
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RUSSIA AND THE NEW EUROPEAN ACTION PARADIGM  Professor Paulo Wrobel interview about Russian economic crisis to the Portuguese News Network (PNN) Read More

FORMER FELLOW ZHIWEI ZHOU INTERVIEW TO CHINESE WEBSITE BPC's former Fellow Zhiwei Zhou interview to chinese website Read More

RUSSIAN ECONOMIC CRISIS Interview with Prof. Paulo Wrobel to Globo News. Read More

 
 
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Workshop:                 Brazilian South-South Cooperation and the BRICS: New strategies in Africa

TThe event organized by the BPC, under the SSC-Project, will be held on February 26, 2015. More information soon. 

 

GSUM
WINTER SCHOOL

The GSUM Winter School is a two-week intensive academic and training program on international mediation organized by the Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The School is open to a maximum of 24 students per week who want to have an intensive and substantial learning and training experience in the theory and practice of international mediation, with a particular focus on issues and questions concerning or related to the Global South.

Information on applications deadlines, how to apply and the Professors of the GSUM Winter School 2015’s edition will soon be available in the website.


 

 
 

 

 

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